We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy Metro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracy, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I began doing interior design when I was a teenager growing up in Washington, DC. My parents were silly enough to think I knew what I was talking about so they let me design my own bathroom… and lo & behold a designer was born! I studied theater and set design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduation, I spent the next several years in front of the camera as a TV spokesperson/host. When not shooting, I honed my passion for interior design by making beautiful interiors for friends and family — until TV & design collided.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My story is a wee bit different than many designers as early on I got the opportunity to design homes on makeover TV shows! I’ve been on UK’s Channel 5, Netflix, HGTV, Hallmark, OWN, NBC, Reelz, YouTube, various DIY digital platforms, etc., jazzing up properties, one room at a time. Most notably, I hosted 45 one-hour episodes of Fremantle Media’s show House Doctor in which I AM the House Doctor! Concurrently with being on-camera over the last 20 years, I have continued to grow my IRL design business, helping clients from all over the world create beautiful spaces in which to live, work, visit and even float! I have designed everything from prototypical suburban homes, to call centers, lofts, flats, restaurants, warehouses, offices, art galleries and even boats spanning design styles including Contemporary, Mid-Century Modern, Hollywood Regency, Modern Industrial, Shabby Chic, Classic, French Provincial, Transitional, Tribal and my personal favorite… 70s RETRO!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hey, let’s spend the day together and let me show you & your friends my fav LA spots! I’d toss all of you into my retro 1976 GMC Palm Beach RV (the one seen in the movies Stripes & Anchorman… hey, Barbie even had one!) for a day of F.U.N.! First stop would be to fuel up at Jewel in Silverlake/Los Feliz/East Hollywood for the most scrumptious brunch insisting we get the carrot lox! Then, we’d go dream house hunting up in the hills of Sunset Plaza making sure to stop at the tippity top to enjoy the expansive view all the way to the ocean! After we’ve tired of dream home hunting, I’d be sure to chauffeur us down to the Long Beach flea market for a few hours of pickin’ and then schlep us a little bit further south to Belmont Shore for a late afternoon cocktail boat cruise through the canals. We’d probably be pretty hungry by then and in need of a major carb fix, so we’d “rock, paper, scissors” about where to go: DTLA’s Factory Kitchen for their supple handkerchief pasta with pesto, Pasta Sisters’ airy as a cloud pesto gnocchi, Antico’s fluffy, pillowy pizza or L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele’s spectacularly crisp truffle pizzal ! A true Sophie’s Choice! We’d wrap up the night in Little Tokyo at the Mermaid with one of their delish craft cocktails and brilliant vibe. Oh, how I’m looking forward to doing just this once Covid is in the rear view mirror!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ohhhh who should I dedicate my shout out to? I’d like to dedicate it to my husband, Marty Metro (yup, real last name… not some made up Hollywood stage name!). He’s my greatest supporter and truest confidant. I’m a lucky lady to have him in my corner mopping my brow between rounds!
Photo credit: Elias McCabe Photography, Alison Deyette Photography